Wellness Events

This page provides an overview of the types of events Wellness offers. Please refer to our main events calendar for upcoming events and event registration.


Postural Screenings

Musculoskeletal and neurological assessments are offered each Fall semester for freshmen. Students meet with a clinician from MedSport who checks for postural alignment, range of motion and runs tests as applicable to the motions students are expected to practice as part of their degree program. Following the screening students receive an individualized home exercise program to address any weaknesses or imbalances. Assessments are also available for students during their sophomore and junior year. 

Hearing Screenings

Each semester we offer free hearing screenings for SMTD students, faculty, and staff, through a partnership with Michigan Audiology and Wayne State University.

Audiometric hearing screening is a simple procedure carried out for each ear. Pure tones are presented across a frequency range of 1000 to 4000 Hz to determine if the patient’s hearing level falls within normal limits. A quiet testing environment, calibrated audiometric equipment, and appropriately trained personnel are used in this event. If a participant has a history of hearing loss or ear problems, they will not need a hearing screening.

Hearing screening only (open to all SMTD students faculty, and staff)
Friday, February 3, 9:00-11:00am (5-minute appointments), Piano Lab 61, Moore building.
Sign up for an appointment and fill out the intake form here. 

Hearing screening & free earplug fitting (open to SMTD students at high-risk for hearing loss only)
Friday, January 20, 8:30-11:30am (20 minute appointments), Piano Lab 61 and 363, Moore building.
Sign up for an appointment and fill out the intake form here. 

More information about hearing protection is available in this slideshow (PDF).

Voice Screenings

The Vocal Health Center provides free voice screenings for any SMTD student who has concerns about their voice. Reasons to have a voice screening:

  •  Tired voice after singing or speaking for an extended time
  • Presence of a raspy vocal quality
  • Reduced vocal abilities.

Thursday, February 9, 4:00-6:00pm, 3213 Moore (15-minute appointments)
Sign up for an appointment. 

Performing Arts Health Clinic

The on-site Performing Arts Health Clinic, offered in partnership with MedSport and MPerform, provides students the opportunity to meet with either a MedSport clinician or a hand specialist to discuss any pain, injury, or discomfort. These one-on-one appointments help students with identifying sources of pain and any postural misalignments. Students are given individualized exercise and stretching plans. Referrals for further treatment are provided on an as-needed basis.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 12:00-1:00pm, Moore 3213 (Kristen Schuyten, PT and SMTD Lecturer in Dance)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 3:30-4:30pm, Moore 2038 (Lexie Muir-Pappas, Occupational Therapist, Hand Specialist)
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 11:30am-12:30pm, Moore 1370 (Kristen Schuyten)
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 3:30-4:30pm, Moore 3213 (Lexie Muir-Pappas)
  • Tuesday, March 21, 12:00-1:00pm, 3213 Moore (Kristen Schuyten)
  • Tuesday, March 21, 3:30-4:30pm, 2038 Moore (Lexie Muir-Pappas)

Sign up for an appointment and fill out the intake form.


At SMTD, students have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one wellness and/or nutrition coachings. Through these sessions, students may discuss their goals for positive change in a supportive environment with Amy West,  Lecturer in Dance & Mayo Clinic-Certified Wellness Coach.

  • Monday, January 23, 4:30-6:45pm
  • Monday, February 6, 4:30-6:45pm
  • Monday, February 20, 4:30-6:45pm
  • Monday, March 13, 4:30-6:45pm
  • Monday, March 27, 4:30-6:45pm

Sign up for an appointment and fill out the intake form. 

Nutrition coaching appointments will be available starting in February 2023.


Funding & Hiring Opportunities

Wellness Ambassadors Program

The Wellness Ambassador program is a paid professional experience for undergraduate and/or graduate SMTD students wishing to explore and better understand the field of wellness. Selected students work directly with the Wellness Initiative Program Manager on developing student-led programing and acting as liaisons between the Wellness Initiative and their respective departments. Contact us at smtd-wellness@umich.edu for more information.

Mental Health Awareness Microgrants

The SMTD Mental Health Awareness Microgrant provides up to $750 of support for student-led projects by individuals or teams that use the performing arts to increase awareness of mental health issues as they relate to their long-term career in the arts. The grant is supported by the U-M Eisenberg Family Depression Center, the EXCEL Lab, and the Wellness Initiative. Contact us at smtd-wellness@umich.edu for more information.


Special Events

Wellness Pop-Ups

Throughout the year, we offer multiple opportunities for stress-relief with meditative crafts, treats, and Therapaws.

Performing Arts Medicine and Rehabilitation Symposium

Co-hosted by MedSport and SMTD this one-day biennial event is geared towards healthcare professionals and performing artists. Sessions include topics such as injury-prevention, recovery, mental health and treating the performing artist as an athlete. Open to SMTD students, faculty and staff.